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NTLDR is missing

By hefty10 ·
Hello
I recently upgraded a friend's PC by installing more RAM and a second hard drive as she needed more room and power.I installed XP as she had been using 98 and needed to upgrade the OS.It was set up and working fine so I rang her and told her I would drop it around the next day.I thought one more check so I turned it on and then all the troubles started.It came up with a screen saying files were missing (I think from config.sys,sorry I did not think to write it down at the time)
So it would not boot into windows.It did this a couple of times earlier when I first installed it after the upgrade,but it seemed to be OK after eveything was installed and running properly.When I was letting it format the drive again, a few times the power flicked on and off.I do not think it was a power surge from the mains as nothing else has been affected.
Now when I try to boot the PCV it comes up with the message NTLDR is missing and will not go any further other than ctrl alt del to restart,but it only comes back to the message.The PC originally had a P111 663cpu 128 mb 133 SDRAM and 10 gb HDD.It now has the same CPU, 384mb 133 SDRAM and a 40 gb and 10 gb HDD.
I originally left the 10gb HDD as the master so all the programs could be installed on it and leave the 40 gb for her home movies.
I have tried swapping the HDD's as master and slave,as cable select,on their own,etc.Could someone please tell me is the motherboard dying,does it need a flash or some other problem I do not know about?Any help greatly appreciated
Thanks
Steve

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by glyall In reply to NTLDR is missing

download a diagnostics software
run it to see if you are having hardware problems

IBM has diagnostic software but it is only for IBM PCs
Other PC makers do have diagnostic program that you can download form them.
Also some harddrive maker has a drive fitness program

if the 10gb drive is your master it might be dying.

good luck

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by queen1 In reply to NTLDR is missing

This link should answer and show yo hat to do.
Good luck
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

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by DouglasB In reply to NTLDR is missing

This link will give you some solutions:
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm

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Whoops, I did not notice the above post . . .

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by craig_eights In reply to NTLDR is missing

Eurosoft Pc-Check is a Diagnostic tool you can use to check all hardware to minimize troubleshooting to pinpoint the problem. You can get the software at www.eurosoft-us.com
Craig.

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by willcomp In reply to NTLDR is missing

Computer Hope article is a good reference. However something in system is not stable and is causing problems when installing XP.

It can be difficult to pin down an exact cause. In your case the primary suspects are RAM and hard disk in that order.

Remove RAM you added and see what happens. Low quality memory is especially prone to cause problems. Also your older system may not play well with high density PC133 SDRAM.

Dalton

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